Kia has done a commendable job of shirking its value-oriented brand image as far as the Stinger’s exterior is concerned, but that same feat hasn’t quite been achieved inside.
Opening the door certainly reveals a cabin that’s well equipped – there are heated and ventilated leather seats and a full touchscreen infotainment suite, for example – but materially and visually the Stinger doesn’t quite match the levels of perceived quality achieved by the likes of Audi or BMW.
Then again, it doesn’t have to. A BMW or Audi with a similar level of kit as the Stinger GT-Line S will cost you a considerable amount more. That trade-off between relative affordability and material richness might seem like an acceptable compromise to many buyers.
That’s not to say you can’t see where effort has gone into creating a cabin that’s appealing from a design point of view, either. The three circular air vents on the central dashboard fascia, for example, are reminiscent of the arrangement you might find in a Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the moulded plastic on the fascia itself gives a somewhat convincing impression of leather.
Regardless of specification, all Stingers make use of the same 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system. The dashtop-mounted screen incorporates satellite navigation, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.